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Gold

Welcome to the final chapter in your Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award journey!

The Adventurous Journey section of this award aims to “encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery” in each participant. 
During Gold you will take the outdoor skills and leadership established through successfully completing Bronze and Silver, to a whole new level!  

As part of your Gold Award, you and a team of explorers will be responsible for planning and completing your Gold Qualifying Journey.  With this new level of challenge, an exciting new adventure is yours for the taking....

The Gold Qualifying Journey Planning day is must for all students who want to successfully complete their Gold Qualifying Journey with Kiwi Adventure Trust. With the guidance of a Kiwi Adventure Trust Instructor, the team will piece together their proposed adventure, from start to finish. Students will have access to information and resources that enable the team to submit a well-thought-out plan to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award National Office for approval. Topics covered in-depth on this day include: Trip Planning, Risk Management, Outdoor Leadership, Bush Survival, Route Card, DOE Approval Form.

All elements of the expedition planning and implementation will be led by the young person and their peers, with the Kiwi Adventure Trust Instructor there to shadow and ensure that the team is making on to it decisions. 

The knowledge and skills developed during the Adventurous Journey will help you to achieve your Gold level Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

Training

Here at Kiwi Adventure Trust we understand that you learn best when you are being challenged in a fun and interactive environment.  Considering this, we have developed our training programme to provide you with the required outdoor knowledge and skills in a way that 'makes sense'.  It is our aim for each student to come away from one of our training days having had fun and feeling well prepared for their Practice Journey. 

We have designed a great Gold Training weekend that takes place in the Kaweka ranges. Over the course of a weekend you will engage in loads of hands-on activities that allow you to refresh and extend your knowledge in the following areas:

Environmental Care, Trip Planning, Camp Craft, Navigation, Expedition Clothing and Equipment, Nutrition and Cooking in the Outdoors, Water Safety, Basic First Aid, Team work & Leadership. There is an overnight tramp with a BIG focus on learning. Also included are elements of expedition planning. As part of the Gold Award, participants are expected to design and plan their own Gold Qualifying Journey. 

With the guidance of a friendly and knowledgeable Kiwi Adventure Trust instructor, each team of students will piece together their proposed adventure.  Students will produce a plan which will prepare them to submit a well thought-out plan of their qualifying journey to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award National Office for approval.  

Venue: Confirmed at time of booking
Timings: Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon
Costs: $275 per person including transport (excludes food and equipment)

Practice Journey

This is a 3 day tramp.

The aim of this journey is to allow you to develop the skills and knowledge that you have established during the training workshop and the previous Awards. There will be plenty of new challenges that are bound to provide new learning and a real sense of achievement.

Along the way you will have the guidance of a friendly and approachable Kiwi Adventure Trust instructor who is there to assist you in getting the most out of the experience.

This tramp is the stepping stone to participating in the Qualifying Journey.

Location: To be advised
Duration: 3 full Days. 
Costs: $300 per person (excluding transport, food & equipment)
Timing: Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon
Pre-requisites: Gold Training plus Silver & Bronze Awards (except for direct candidates)
Transport: Responsibility of students to organise at pre-trip meeting

Planning Day

The Gold Qualifying Journey Planning day is must for all students who want to successfully complete their Gold Qualifying Journey with the Kiwi Adventure Trust. With the guidance of a Kiwi Adventure Trust Instructor, the team will piece together their proposed adventure, from start to finish. Students will have access to information and resources that enable the team to submit a well though-out plan to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award National Office for approval. Topics covered in-depth on this day include: Trip Planning, Risk Management, Outdoor Leadership, Bush Survival, Route Card, DOE Approval Form, Map and Compass Skills, Emergency Planning.

Even if you have found your own assessor, we recommend you complete our planning day to prepare for the expedition or exploration.

This day must happen at least 8 weeks before the proposed tramp.

Qualifying Journey

This is a 4 full day 3 night expedition which may be involve either camping or staying in huts.

Using the skills and knowledge gained from the training and practice journeys, your team will be responsible for navigating your way over hills, through streams and along the coast. All elements of the expedition planning and implementation will be led by you and your peers, with your Kiwi Adventure Trust instructor there only to shadow and ensure that your team is making safe decisions.

This journey is a must for any student aiming to complete the Adventurous Journey section of their Gold Award, in good style!

To be eligible for the Journey, please ensure that participants have successfully completed the Gold Training, and Silver and Bronze pre-requisites prior.

Contact us to link up with other adventurers looking to plan and undertake an 'excellent adventure'!

Location: To be decided
Duration: 4 full days plus any travel required. 
Costs: $400 per person, tenting (price excludes transport, food & equipment). 
Please note that additional charges will apply if your team plans an expedition using Huts and to allow for travel to the start.
Pre-requisites: Gold Training & Practice Journey plus Silver & Bronze Awards (except for direct candidates)
Transport: Responsibility of students to organise at pre-trip meeting